A pictorial summary of
“Trevor’s Travels,” available
in both paperback and
kindle formats on
When I decided to embark on this project my original intention was to track the
timelines in my book, but quickly realized this was impractical since I made repeat
visits to several of the featured countries while working with different companies.
Instead, I grouped together the destinations I wanted to highlight geographically -
and chronologically as far as possible, but as a consequence the slides sometimes
jump around a little vs the book. The book chapters are noted in the bottom right-
hand corner of each slide.
Has pioneered British fashion since 1884 and is headquartered in
King’s Lynn, Norfolk in the UK.
Was a major US information systems multinational company,
based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
In 1986, Sperry merged with Burroughs to create Unisys, and the new
company was based in the prior Sperry headquarters.
Likom is a major manufacturer of high-tech equipment, based in
Melaka, a member on the Lion Group, a US$5B conglomerate
headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Digital Equipment, also known as DEC, was a major player in the
computer industry from the 1950s to the 1990s, based in Maynard,
Massachusetts until it was acquired by Compaq in 1998, which merged
with HP in 2002.
AES is a privately held company based in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley,
and develops and sells network performance and availability solutions.
I wish to convey my sincere thanks to those friends who contributed photographs and
help with other matters, as I pieced this together.
They include John Dutton and his photographs of Oakwood Corner, Richard and Jenny
Blunt who found photographs of many friends since our early twenties, Bill Atkins and
his pictures of Wymondham College in the UK, Mike Heck who kindly sent me his
superb photos of Valley Forge and The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Francesca Manfredini
and her colleagues who identified Gene Fiandro who worked with Sperry’s regional HQ
in Rome, Bob Prendergast who discovered what became of the prior Sperry
International Management Center in Saint Paul De Vence, John Dennett who sent the
old photos of the precarious approach to Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, the Baden
Powell team for the multiple photographs of her restoration progress, Carla Vegetti who
suggested formatting improvements (and I stole one photo from her recent visit to
Vietnam), and Bob Trygg who introduced me to SlideShare.net.
Thank you all,
Wymondham College in Norfolk in the UK and the
nissen hut where I lived during my first years.
Attended from age 11–18. It was a US military base
during WWII, and the huts featured asbestos
insulation and lead plumbing amongst other niceties.
Learned a lot from this experience; a co-educational
boarding school. Many students were the children of
UK military families living abroad and I still maintain
contact with a few of them.
The Worfolk Brothers - my great uncle Bill and my grandfather Gerald,
boat builders in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. In my youth I visited almost every
weekend and watched them build the Agnes C, a fishing boat, from
beginning to end, c1960. They built many boats over the years, including
sailing yachts, some of which are still in service in various parts of the
world. The business continued until
Gerald’s death in 1981; William lived
beyond the age of 100.
Restoration of the 33’ Baden Powell fishing smack in 2016, originally built by my
great grandfather c1900, after receiving donations and a grant from the UK
Heritage Lottery Fund. Members of the restoration team include Chris Ward,
fellow student of Wymondham College and a former ‘Young Conservative’, and
my brother-in-law, Dave Hart. The original boat was completed for £50 in 1900!
The iconic Customs House in King’s Lynn. The Baden Powell
will ultimately be berthed nearby when completed.
Oakwood Corner, my home away from home, near King’s Lynn, while
working at Jaeger c1967-1974. Rented the top floor with my friend
John Dutton. Scene of many a party.
Joined in London, 1974.
My first assignment was with a customer called Lovable Bras, where
my job was to add metric sizes to the programs listing their product
Early flat living in South Kensington, London.
My dear girlfriend Julie on the right.
Azadi Tower, Tehran
Headed off to Iran on assignment to manage pre and post-sales
support for small mainframes, and implemented Farsi support
for the 90/30 mainframe and the UTS40 intelligent terminal. Soon
after completing the Farsi implementation, we had to leave Iran
hurriedly after the start of the cultural revolution.
Persian carpets galore in the bizarre bazaar
Niavaran Palace, part of the complex where the Shah spent his final
days in Iran before leaving for Hawaii in 1979. The harboring of the
Shah by the USA provoked the storming of the US embassy later that
year when hostages were taken, only to be released following
Presidents Reagan’s inauguration after failed attempts by President
Carter. The Shah succumbed to cancer following his ouster after
Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile in France.
A visit to beautiful Isfahan, designated by UNESCO as a World
Heritage Site, before leaving Iran. Known for its beautiful paintings
My exit ticket, late December, 1978, just two weeks before the
Shah left Iran. I paid way more than Y class for that ticket, but was
relieved to ‘escape.’ My hotel in Rome for the overnight stay was on
strike but the bars were open!
Next assignment, Moscow, in the heart of winter, during
The Cold War, to teach engineers how to program our
intelligent terminal and complete Cyrillic localization. The
highlight of that trip was an evening at the Bolshoi Theater
to see a performance of Swan Lake.
The Bolshoi Theater
Hotel National, overlooking Red Square and The Kremlin, where
I stayed in Moscow. I was stopped by the police while
attempting to take photographs of muscular Russian women
clearing the snow.
And onward to Seoul in South Korea to develop the
specification for a Hangul intelligent terminal for the newly
built Stock Exchange. Anti-aircraft gun emplacements were
still evident atop the tallest buildings at this time. 1979.
Traded a business class ticket for a Freddy Laker flight from London to New
York, returning for a weekend with a friend in Paris via Air France Concorde
before flying back to London. Non-stop fine dining at Mach 2. I still
remember the main features of that meal; lobster thermidor followed by
rack of lamb. An unforgettable experience.
Gamla stan, Stockholm while working on a terminal
proposal for Scandinavian Airlines
… and completing the proposal at SAS in Copenhagen,
Dragør, where I rented a delightful fisherman’s cottage
while working with Scandinavian Airlines in Denmark,
I returned one last time to my cottage after the job was finished, for a party with
neighbors I had befriended and office colleagues - a Nordic marathon!
On completion of the SAS proposal the account manager, Kjell Oscarius,
and I took it to Sperry HQ in the US for approval after securing local
blessings. It was rejected. We were so pissed off, we decided to take a
short break in San Juan, capital of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
on the way back to Sweden but were so tired, we ate well, drank well and
retired early. Since the Nordic countries were part of a joint-venture with
Saab at the time, we subsequently secured the approval to move forward
from the president and the board and our efforts were not in vain.
Helsinki, home of Finnair, where I visited several times in 1981.
Attempted to make conversation with a guy sitting at a bar one
evening, but failed when he said, ”are you here to talk or drink?”
Bergen in Norway, to present our LAN strategy. Also visited Oslo
just once. Beautiful country but it rained non-stop…
After two weeks working in Roseville, Minnesota during
mid-winter, stayed with a friend close to Montego Bay, Jamaica,
then returned to Roseville. Those climates do not mix very well
and I suffered after being surrounded by snow and ice again, but
Visited Honolulu from London to present our SAS proposal at a Sperry
Airlines User Conference, and later traveled to Kawaii on vacation from
California. Much of the Jurassic Park movies were filmed in Kawaii.
Headhouse Square, Philadelphia, close to my townhouse,
after moving to Sperry HQ in Blue Bell, PA in 1982, as Program
Manager for communications and terminals, International
Paris, Sacre Coeur de Montmartre, the highest point in the city,
overlooking the Eifel Tower; one of many visits
The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, where I had
the pleasure of staying on one occasion. It opened in 1909, in a building
dating 1758. One of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.
Saint Paul De Vence in the south of France, one of the oldest medieval
towns on the French Riviera.
Location of Sperry’s International
Management Centre, where we
entertained and presented to
industry leaders. I recall Harold
Wilson, Prime Minister of the UK,
attended one event there.
The Sperry International Management Centre, now Hotel La Vague,
Saint Paul. Among the facilities were simultaneous translation for
presenters, five-star dining, a spectacular wine cellar, an open bar, and
a sauna, in addition to the obvious swimming pool. It was a short walk
to the town square where local residents could be seen playing boules
and Yves Montand was often among them. Other local residents
included Roger Moore and Michael Caine.
Le Negresco Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, close to
Saint Paul De Vence. Stayed here in between two meetings at
Saint Paul de Vence and a girlfriend joined me from London. We
enjoyed lunch on the beach most days and on one occasion were
served steak tartare which we enjoyed, much to our surprise.
In memory of the Bastille Day tragedy of 2016
The Montcalm, my hotel of choice when returning to London, close
to Marble Arch, 1982-1989. Since I was a frequent visitor, was often
given a free upgrade to a suite. Loved that hotel.
Madrid, capital of Spain. Found it quite easy to adjust to long lunches
with wine, followed by a siesta, then returning to the office, followed
by a late dinner… developed an addiction to tapas.
Estoril, where we held a couple of regional meetings on the
Portuguese coast. Top left is the Albatroz Hotel, favored by
German officers and their mistresses during WWII. Portugal, of course,
was neutral during the war.
When visiting the German subsidiary, we usually stayed close to
the HQ in Sulzbach, but occasionally had the pleasure of a hotel
in downtown Frankfurt, instead of the local ‘Horrible Inn,’ as we
Visited the subsidiary
many times with Sperry,
and also to call on the
vendor who developed
emulators for our PC
The most enjoyable visit,
however, was a drive from
Philadelphia to Mosport
passing by Niagara Falls to
attend an event in which
we had sponsored a
racecar to promote the
Istanbul, the Queen of Cities, where I visited to attend a meeting
with middle-east Sperry distributors. One of the highlights was a
dinner cruise on the Bosphorus.
Mexico City – the only occasion I ever set foot in Mexico,
to visit the Sperry subsidiary. One of the dirtiest cities I ever
went to, and the entire contents of the mini-bar in my hotel
room were stolen while I was out. After taking the hotel GM
to task I was compensated, thankfully.
Athens, to meet with middle-eastern distributors for Unisys,
while working with Likom out of Melaka, Malaysia
Stopped off in Asuncion in Paraguay on the way to
Brazil in 1988. This photo is the Palacio de los López –
workplace for the president of Paraguay and the seat of
government. One of the poorest countries I ever visited,
though that would never be surmised from this
Rio de Janeiro, for a much-needed vacation, 1988
Sugar Loaf Mountain
and Christ the Redeemer
On the way to Manaus we stopped over in Brasília for one
night, founded in 1960 as the national capital. Very
modernistic architecture but found it way too contrived
and mostly rather boring – block after block of ugly
numbered government buildings, reminiscent of Moscow.
Photos below are of the Cathedral of Brasilia and the Juscelino Kubitschek bridge
Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas, once famous for rubber production;
the most enjoyable destination of our vacation, which included a
memorable cruise down the Amazon and jungle treks.
Appointed a distributor for AES in São Paulo
Bermuda, and another vacation… unforgettable pink beaches
and crabs wandering everywhere…
Hong Kong Peak Tram, a funicular railway leading up to the peak
A UK colony when
I lived here, on
The Star Ferry – not the quickest way to cross Victoria Harbour,
but certainly the most spectacular, especially at 8pm every evening,
when the Symphony of Lights can be seen looking towards Hong Kong Island
Every Christmas, the tallest
buildings on the island are
beautifully lit, and on New Years
Eve there was a spectacular
fireworks display from barges
in the harbour, visible from our
apartment in Wanchai when
Chinese New Year was
another spectacular occasion,
with dragon dances through
the streets and firecrackers
The approach to the old Kai Tak Airport was dangerously close to
There was only one runway jutting out
into Victoria Harbour – crosswinds were
a constant hazard and some aircraft
never made it. Kai Tak was the 6th most
dangerous airport in the world.
The Pousada De Sao Tiago, a spectacular hotel built into a cliff face in
Macau. It was originally built as a fortress in the early 17th century
to protect against marauding European countries and local pirates.
Macau was a Portuguese colony when I lived in Hong Kong, and as
recently as 2006 was the world’s largest gambling centre. Hovercrafts
shuttled frequently between Hong Kong and Macau.
The entrance and a view from outside some of the suites. Splurged
here for my first wedding anniversary and traveled back to Hong
Kong by helicopter. Interestingly, the navigation equipment was
supplied by Sperry Flight Systems.
Attending the Macao Grand Prix – Michael Schumacher was racing that
year. Unisys was responsible for the scoring for this event and viewed
the races from the scoring box overlooking the track before enjoying
dinner with the competitors.
Traveled to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman one Christmas with my
wife who worked for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at the time. Sat in the
747 cockpit during the landing. When we reached the Intercontinental
Hotel it was full of British and American troops awaiting orders to
deploy for Operation Dessert Shield following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
I was amused to watch
Arabs in their traditional
garb, sitting around the
swimming pool in the
hotel, drinking pints of
beer, smoking cigars,
and videotaping the KLM
crew as they frolicked in
Rented a car and drove
out to the desert while
we were there.
Visited Singapore numerous times from Blue Bell and
Hong Kong before living there during assignments with
Unisys and DEC from 1995-1998.
The Merlion, a mythical creature
with the head of a lion and the
body of a fish
Founded in 1852, The Singapore Cricket Club
is an icon from the colonial era, where I
enjoyed mulligatawny soup for the first time,
amongst other delights. It’s an English soup,
but with roots in Indian cuisine. The
translation from Tamil is pepper water,
originally made from lentils, fried onions
and curry powder.
The Raffles Hotel – named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of
Singapore. Had the pleasure of staying in the Somerset Maugham suite
when visiting from Sperry HQ, but before it underwent its extensive multi-
million dollar renovation. The room rates are rather higher now!
The small island of Sentosa, south of Singapore itself, now an
entertainment mecca with several hotels, Universal Studios, two golf
courses and more. Attended two residential management courses
in a resort hotel during my time with DEC. It can be reached via
causeway or cable car from Singapore island.
Fort Siloso was built by the British during WWII, anticipating a Japanese invasion from the
south by sea, when in fact they invaded by bicycle from the north after taking Malaysia.
Sentosa then became a POW camp for British and Australian military captives.
Bangkok, Thailand. Visited from Blue Bell, and tenures with
Unisys and DEC in Asia. Addicted to Thai food ever since.
The floating market in Bangkok. After the market had
closed took a boat through the waterways and visited
a snake farm.
Hosted a distributor conference in Phuket
when a harmonica-playing elephant got a little
Phuket Province, full of high-end resort hotels and
restaurants. Patong, the main town, has a far more
casual vibe, packed with wild nightclubs, bars and
Street scenes, including a Jeepney,
one of many converted Jeeps,
legacies from WWII.
But there was respite… the hotel of choice
while working with
Little India in Kuala
While visiting both
Kuala Lumpur and
ultimately living in
both cities, developed
a taste for hawker food
and never once got
The Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Following my first tenure with Unisys, worked with Likom in Melaka,
Malaysia. We had multiple plants to manufacture plastics, metal casing,
power supplies, PCBs, keyboards,… and assembled products for Unisys
Asia and the Middle East, Apple, Gateway, Sony, and others. At that time,
Apple manufactured their own products at plants in the US, Ireland and
Singapore, and we acted as an overflow for Singapore. Soon after that era
Apple outsourced its manufacturing to China. Entertaining customers and
prospects entailed many raucous karaoke evenings…
The island of Langkawi, a favorite vacation destination when living in
Malaysia and working with Likom.
We discovered a wonderful
restaurant owned by an Australian
lady. It jutted out onto a beach towards
the sea. She had to use generators to
keep her freezers running given
frequent power outages.
Penang Island (Pulau Pinang), named Prince of Wales Island when
occupied by the British East India Company, was another retreat.
Penang is a melting pot of cultures and a delightful
destination, steeped in colonial history in its
capital of George Town, Indian restaurants where
food is served on banana leaves to be eaten with
fingers, rickshaws for hire, beautiful hotels on Batu
Ferringhi and yet the home of numerous high-tech
companies including Dell and Intel. Once enjoyed a
delicious traditional Christmas lunch sitting by a
swimming pool with blue skies while overlooking a perfect beach.
Pulau Besar, ‘The Big Island,’ 13km off the coast of Melaka, when
working with Likom. The name is an oxymoron – the island is
Chosen as the venue
for a meeting with Unisys
customers. Evidently It is
populated by monitor
lizards that caused
consternation, and the
tide went out leaving one
executive stranded until we
were able to hire a flat-
bottomed speedboat to
whisk him to a waiting
limousine on the mainland.
The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, Beijing.
Visited Beijing several times while living in Hong Kong and
Singapore with Unisys. 1989 & 1995.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). First visited with Likom, while the
US embargo was still in place. Later returned after Unisys
and DEC had established subsidiaries there. Surprisingly, despite
the embargo, saw lots of Compaq PCs in use.
The War Museum in Saigon. A rather distressing visit, full
of displays of war-time brutality.
Hanoi – also first visited Hanoi while the US embargo was still in
place following the Vietnam War. The city was in complete disarray
at that time, with signs of devastation everywhere, but recovered
and rebuilt very quickly.
After the embargo had been lifted, had
a very interesting visit to present to the
Vietnamese Army with Bob Trygg. It was
a very strange feeling but all very
Witnessed bombed-out buildings
and streets still full of craters
during my first visit. A few years
later, that had all gone and brand
new structures were in place,
built mostly by Japanese
Mumbai (Bombay). Visited our Tata-Unisys joint-venture
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel where I
stayed often, and the Gateway
of India close by
New Delhi, Laxminarayan Temple. Visited Delhi from Blue Bell
while managing Varian mini-computers.
Bangalore, where my friend Bob Trygg and I worked for two weeks
on a PC growth proposal, only to discover on our return that the
Unisys share of the joint-venture had been sold to the Tata Brothers.
Islamabad – my first and only visit to meet distributors in Pakistan.
I did not enjoy it. c1995.
This photo requires no words…
The ‘Gang’ gets together again, 2014, at the Swan in King’s Lynn in the UK,
known locally as ‘The Mucky Duck.’ Some of the members of the Wisbech
‘Young Conservatives’ - we first met c1970.
“Trevor’s Travels” is
both paperback and
kindle formats. Also
check out “A Case for
Drones,” and “Hunters,
Hackers and Hermits.”
Please check out the book to learn more, and I hope
you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!